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Date published: January 8, 2021

Drought Watch or Warning Removed from 20 Pennsylvania Counties, Drought Watch Remains in 3 Counties

USGS groundwater and surface water monitoring data contributed to the January 7, 2021 removal of drought watch or warning declarations for 20 counties by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP). 

On January 7, 2021, PaDEP removed drought watch or warning in 20 counties and maintained drought watch status for 3 counties.

Date published: December 17, 2020

USGS and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture study groundwater quality in agricultural areas

USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have agreed on a new five-year program to continue 30 years of cooperation assessing groundwater quality in agricultural areas. 

December 10, 2020

Pennsylvania Waters - Winter 2020 - Issue 3

News in this issue of Pennsylvania Waters includes a visual story about water availability and quality in the Delaware River Basin, StreamStats updates for Pennsylvania, a water-quality modeling tool for acid mine drainage treatment systems, a national water dashboard for flooding and other stream data, studies of nutrients and sediments in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and more!

Date published: December 10, 2020

USGS Develops a New Water-Quality Modeling Tool for Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Systems

USGS developed, in cooperation with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, “user-friendly” aqueous geochemical modeling tools to simulate changes in water quality during passive and active treatment of acid mine drainage as described in a new study.

Date published: November 18, 2020

Drought Watch Reduced to 20 Pennsylvania Counties, Drought Warning Continues in 3 Counties

See current status 1/7/21

USGS groundwater and surface water monitoring data contributed to the August 21, 2020 drought watch declaration for 16 counties by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP). The last drought watch...

Date published: October 1, 2020

USGS Upgrades StreamStats for Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Water Science Center (PaWSC) has upgraded StreamStats with the latest National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)...

September 9, 2020

Pennsylvania Waters - Fall 2020 - Issue 2

This 2nd issue of Pennsylvania Waters highlights USGS data and mapping support for drought management, record flood peaks (in the same month!), recognition for Matthew Gyves, a Hydrologic Technician in the Pennsylvania Water Science Center, innovative streamflow monitoring methods, Potter County groundwater quality, new findings on lead and polonium in groundwater, and more.

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Date published: September 4, 2020

USGS Characterizes Baseline Groundwater Quality in Potter County, Pennsylvania

A report on the groundwater quality of Potter County is the latest of seven publications characterizing water quality of aquifers underlying central and northern tier counties. Wells were sampled throughout Potter County with funding support from Commonwealth Financing Authority through the...

Date published: September 2, 2020

Pennsylvania Staff Responds to Hurricane Isaias

Hurricane Isaias swept over eastern Pennsylvania August 4th and 5th, dumping upwards of 8 inches of rain and resulting in wide-spread flooding. New high flow records included a measured streamflow of 6,920 cubic feet per second in the East Branch Brandywine Creek below Downingtown, Pennsylvania, the highest since the gage was installed almost 50 years ago.

Date published: August 26, 2020

Matthew Gyves selected as 2020 USGS Data Person of the Year

Matthew C. Gyves, a Hydrologic Technician in the Pennsylvania Water Science Center's Downingtown Office, received the 2020 "Data Person of the Year" award from the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.